Covid shakes-up Top 30 M&E contractors rankings

Aaron Morby 1 year ago

NG Bailey and Crown House managed to grow turnover last year in the face of challenges from Covid, according to a fresh top 30 M&E contractors league table.

Overall, the country’s biggest building services contractors managed to weather the effects of Covid with revenue slipping by just 9% across the group as a whole.

Modest growth helped NG Bailey to maintain pole position in the rankings and Crown House edge up from fifth to third place behind EDF-owned Imtech.

Among the other firms to continue growing last year are Gratte Bros, King & Moffatt UK, Halcion, Dowds Group and Sudlows.

Ranking Building services contractor Revenue £m
2020 2019 2020 2019
1 1 NG Bailey £573m £556m
2 2 Imtech £425m £470m
3 5 Crown House £315m £294m
4 N/A SSE Contracting £306m £319m
5 4 T Clarke £232m £335m
6 3 Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil £230m £377m
7 6 Briggs & Forrester £223m £262m
8 7 SPIE £191m £229m
9 14 Gratte Brothers £181m £122m
10 10 Dodd Group £160m £159m
11 13 Phoenix £148m £125m
12 8 SES £146m £198m
13 9 Michael J Lonsdale £140m £180m
14 11 Vital Energi £137m £134m
15 16 Designer Group £104m £103m
16 15 Dornan Engineering £91m £108m
17 19 Borough Engineering £86m £80m
18 12 Essex Services Group £85m £126m
19 24 Halsion £81m £58m
20 20 Bancroft £79m £78m
21 N/A King & Moffatt UK £65m £28m
22 22 Sudlows £64.5m £36m
23 23 Gloster MEP £63m £63m
24 17 HE Simm £62m £100m
25 N/A Dowds Group £61m £41m
26 N/A Derry Building Services £60m £57m
27 18 Cilantro £60m £82m
28 N/A CMB Engineering £57m £82m
29 21 LJJ £54m £67m
30 N/A Swiftline Engineering £51m £46m

*Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick not included as it does not publish separate accounts from Balfour Beatty Group.

The tables show that there has been a clear shift in multi-national publicly-owned contractors being replaced by privately-owned London-centric contractors.

Nick Baish, Managing Director of Designer Group, said: “The demands on M&E contractors have changed over the last 10 years and clients expect more agility and responsiveness that most public companies cannot meet.”

He predicted over the next few years there will move back to a client-led single-stage design and build.

“This could lead to more market share being taken by contractors who have more risk appetite.” he said.

(The Top 30 is compiled for Construction Enquirer by Gokhan Hassan, Managing Director at Chartered QS practice, GHCS)

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